Several departments at East Central College have partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation to produce a series of how-to videos.
The seven videos, which are part of a series called “Field to Fork,” feature ECC professors demonstrating the proper dress and handling skills for deer. They also feature Chef Mike Palazzola, the Culinary Arts Program Coordinator, showing ways to cook minced game while outlining cuts of meat. In the videos, Palazzola cooks up fajitas, a double-cut venison chop, a bacon-wrapped back strap, and a Cajun country-style fried steak. The ECC’s maintenance department provided space and vehicles to help film the videos, and the communications department produced them for posting on the school’s and MDC’s YouTube channels.
According to a college press release announcing the videos, the goal of the project is to help teach hunters how to treat their own deer rather than having to rely on other transformers. Kyle Lairmore, head of the education unit at MDC, said that in recent years it has been difficult for hunters to find a processor with openings or a willingness to transform deer.
“It became evident that many hunters would need to process their own crops, which led to a partnership between MDC and ECC, who stepped up and offered their expertise through their art program. culinary, ”Lairmore said.
While the main gun portion of the 2021 Missouri Stag Season ended on November 23, the archery season continues through January 15. According to data released by the MDC, more than 188,000 deer have been slaughtered during gun season. The total number of deer slaughtered this year is now over 260,000, according to preliminary MDC data. Franklin County hunters lead the state in deer slaughter with more than 5,600 deer slaughtered.
Lairmore approached Kevin Dixon, associate professor of biology at ECC and volunteer instructor for the MDC’s Hunter Education Program, about the production of the videos.
“As a biologist and deer hunter, I understand the importance of proactively managing the state’s deer population through regulated hunting,” Dixon said. “With my experience of having taken many deer over the years, I hope to help someone new to the sport know how to properly care for their deer once it has been slaughtered. “